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Murray Goul­burn hopes it still has the back­ing of farm­ers, de­spite what the com­pany has put its sup­pli­ers through since the price claw­backs of last year.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ari Mervis said he hoped the com­pany had the back­ing of the farm­ers de­spite ev­ery­thing that had hap­pened in the past 18 months.

‘‘I’d like to think the farmer sup­port is there even though peo­ple aren’t happy with our farm gate milk price or the state of af­fairs,’’ Mr Mervis said.

‘‘It’s been a dif­fi­cult year and this jour­ney con­tin­ues.

‘‘Our re­spon­si­bil­ity as a man­age­ment and board is to do ev­ery­thing prac­ti­cal and ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble that we can to give our farm­ers every rea­son to stay with us.

‘‘Fun­da­men­tally it is their busi­ness and we are just charged with man­ag­ing it on their be­half and we are do­ing ev­ery­thing within our power to give them every rea­son to stay.’’

De­spite a tough year for the com­pany, Mr Mervis said it was not al­ways the big com­pa­nies that of­fered the best prices.

‘‘Scale isn’t an end in it­self. You could say: ‘scale is van­ity, profit is san­ity’.

‘‘In re­al­ity there are nu­mer­ous small pro­ces­sors which are very prof­itable. It’s not around brag­ging rights about how much milk you process, it’s about how ef­fi­cient and vi­able you are.

‘‘You can be a small, ef­fi­cient pro­ces­sor and you can de­liver very good farm gate milk prices to your sup­pli­ers and you can be large and in­ef­fi­cient.’’

Mr Mervis said the next year was crit­i­cal for the busi­ness.

‘‘What sup­pli­ers can ex­pect in the com­ing year is a com­mit­ted man­age­ment team that will do ev­ery­thing it can to re­store farm gate milk price,’’ he said.

‘‘The FY17 year has tested the strength and re­solve of MG and its sup­pli­ers.

‘‘The com­ing months will be piv­otal for the fu­ture of the busi­ness as the board and man­age­ment fi­nalise sub­stan­tial busi­ness im­prove­ment pro­grams.’’

Stick with us . . . Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ari Mervis hopes farm­ers are still on Murray Goul­burn’s side de­spite a poor 18 months.

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